Climate Positive Design Recognized for its Climate Action Contribution to Landscape Architecture Profession

Climate Positive Design wins Honor Award in Research from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

San Francisco, CA – September 13, 2020

Climate Positive Design created by CMG Landscape Architecture’s Principal Pamela Conrad, received one of the most prestigious awards in landscape architecture – the Honor Award in Research from the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Climate Positive Design is a revolutionary and powerful movement for designers to positively impact the world and contribute to solving the climate crisis. The initiative delivers a new way of designing to the global practice, providing pioneering tools, guidance and resources for designers, municipalities, and the everyday gardener to improve carbon impacts of their work. The Climate Positive Design Challenge sets the ambitious goal of taking more carbon out of the atmosphere than the amount emitted in designed landscapes, measured by “Years to Positive”.

To meet the Challenge goals, Climate Positive Design provides landscape architects and designers with the toolkit, case studies, and the free online Pathfinder application to reduce the carbon footprint of our projects. Available on, the Pathfinder provides project-specific guidance on reducing carbon footprints while increasing carbon sequestration.

The Initiative officially launched on September 30, 2019 coinciding with the month of the largest collective climate activist events in history. Within the first six months of its launch, it successfully reached a global audience of 96 countries, 621 contributors logged 858 projects which anticipate sequestration of 4.9 million metric tons of CO2 beyond their emissions in 30 years. The cumulative impact of Climate Positive Design projects to date will result in the planting of 558,286 trees which would be the equivalent of taking 302,432 cars off the road in 10 years and 907,296 in 30 years.  

Climate Positive Design empowers the landscape profession with the opportunity and the tools to design a better environment and take immediate climate action.

“ASLA Professional Awards acknowledge exceptional projects that define and move the profession of landscape architecture forward,” said Curt Millay, Executive Secretary of the American Society of Landscape Architects. “We congratulate Pamela Conrad and her team on this incredible achievement.”

The award will be presented during a virtual Professional Awards Ceremony later in the fall.

Learn more about Climate Positive Design at or watch the About Climate Positive Design video:


The Research category recognizes research that identifies and investigates challenges posed in landscape architecture, providing results that advance the body of knowledge for the profession. The prestige of the ASLA Professional Awards program relies in large part on the high caliber of the juries convened each year to review submissions. Juries represent the breadth of the profession, including private, public, institutional, and academic practice, and exemplify diversity in professional experience, geography, gender, and ethnicity. This year, 31 projects were recognized in seven categories: general design, residential design, urban design, analysis & planning, communications, research, and The Landmark Award.


Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the professional association for landscape architects in the United States, representing more than 15,000 members. The Society’s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education and fellowship. Sustainability has been part of ASLA’s mission since its founding and is an overarching value that informs all of the Society’s programs and operations. ASLA has been a leader in demonstrating the benefits of green infrastructure and resilient development practices through the creation of its own green roof, co-development of the SITES® Rating System, and the creation of publicly accessible sustainable design resources.